Jermain Defoe has revealed that Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat consulted him over the signing of Younes Kaboul.
Frenchman Kaboul yesterday joined the Black Cats in a £3million deal to become Sunderland’s fourth signing of the summer.
Defoe is will link up with the defender for the third time in his career, having played with him at both Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth..
And he has revealed that ahead of signing Kaboul, head coach Advocaat quizzed Defoe on what he thought of the centre-half.
Defoe was more than happy to give a glowing testimony about the 29-year-old.
“Dick Advocaat asked me what I thought of him and I told him if you can get him he’ll be a top signing,” Defoe explained.
“He’s a great guy, obviously I played with him at Tottenham for a few years and then again at Portsmouth. He’s a top player and a top professional.
“Younes is a winner and a natural leader on the pitch and he’ll come to the club and bring that attitude – he’s a great signing for us.
“Even in training he was always going for it, running, tackling, heading, attacking – fans will love what he’ll bring to the team.”
It wasn’t just Advocaat who consulted Defoe about the move – Kaboul also got in touch with his old team-mate to enquire about life on Wearside.
“Younes messaged me about the move and he’s looking forward to linking up with the squad,” Defoe added to safc.com.
“He was Spurs captain and he is a leader on the pitch. Physically he’s so strong and I think he’s a player who has got everything and I think he’ll do really well at Sunderland.”